Imagine a day when your body metamorphoses into that of a Tiger! And you parade yourself amid the cheering crowd in the company of numerous tigers like you! This is a unique event of cultural Kerala where men adorn the make-up to look like tigers. The event takes place at the Swaraj Round in Thrissur district of Kerala. Pulikali or the fun and frolic of tigers, is an event that has become synonymous with the festival of Onam in Kerala.
As part of the performance, groups of local men would have their bodies and faces painted to resemble tigers. Apart from the true colours of a tiger, one would also come across other colours and patterns and even the facial features of lion on the bodies of performers. The make-up is time-consuming, which is mostly done with oil paints and it is quite a labour to undo it. The theme of the performance is playing hide-and-seek with a hunter wielding a gun. The event generates a great deal of excitement both for the spectators as well as the performers. [Text Courtesy : KeralaTourisam.org]